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If Your Child is in Crisis...

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NVUSD cares about Suicide Prevention

Important to Know...

Starting a conversation about suicide can be the most important thing you do for a friend or loved one, but it's scary if you don't know what to say. Pain isn’t always obvious. Most suicidal people show some signs that they are thinking about suicide. If you see even one warning sign, step in or speak up. Take the time to learn what to do now, so you’re ready to be there for a friend or loved one when it matters most. http://suicideispreventable.org/

 

If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, immediate help is available. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or explore the other resources on this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Do people who are thinking about suicide show some warning signs?

A.  Yes. See next question.

 

Q.  What are the warning signs of suicide?

A.   Signs include reckless behavior, increased alcohol or drug use, talking about wanting to die or suicide, anger, no sense of purpose, feeling hopeless, desperate, trapped, changes in sleep, putting affairs in order, anxiety, sudden mood changes, withdrawal.

 

Q.  Is it dangerous to mention suicide directly to someone who may be at risk? 

A.   No. Lots of research shows that talking about suicide does not increase the risk. 

 

Q.  What are some things that are important to talk about as part of a safety plan?

A.  Removing access to weapons, asking what would keep them safe, asking for a promise not to use drugs or alcohol until help is available, Seeking a promise that they will not hurt themselves until they have met with a professional, identifying people who can help if the urges return, identifying professionals and hotlines they can call if the urges return, identifying people and settings that can provide distractions, identifying internal coping strategies (meditation, exercise, music, particular music, etc.).

 

Q.  Are there resources that can help someone who may be suicidal?

A.  Yes! See the resources listed on this webpage!

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FREE SUPPORT AT YOUR FINGERTIPS, 24/7

Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via the medium people already use and trust: text. Here’s how it works:

  1. Text START to 741-741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.

  2. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.

  3. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

USEFUL MOBILE APPS

Disclaimer: These apps are intended to be supplemental resources to help people who may be at risk for suicide, but they are not meant to replace medical or mental-health advice. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please seek professional help.

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A Friend Asks by the Jason Foundation aims to teach its users how to recognize the signs that someone close to them may be thinking about suicide, and how to reach out to them proactively. The app provides users with a list of common warning signs of suicide ideation, do's and don'ts for such a sensitive situation, and easy access to resources such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

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MY3 aims to keep you connected to your core network, asking you to choose three close contacts, such as friends, family, loved ones or your therapist, that you feel comfortable reaching out to whenever you feel down. In addition, MY3 helps you build your own Safety Plan, asking you to think through and list your own warning signs, coping strategies and support network, so that you can easily act when you recognize your warning signs.

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Comments or ideas about content on this page?

 

Contact Steve Perry:
sperry@nvusd.org